Coffee Versus Sports Drink

Coffee Versus Sports Drinks?

Have you ever wondered which drink between these two, “coffee or a sports drink” will help your athletic performance the most? From a marketing point of view, no question the sports drink wins.  In reality I’ll take the coffee every time.

Each 8 oz. cup of black coffee has only 2 calories and approximately 100 mg of caffeine along with small amounts of various vitamins and minerals. Each 8 oz. serving of Gatorade has 56 calories from sugar, 110 mg sodium, 30 mg of potassium and 0 mg of caffeine.

Everyone that drinks coffee knows that the caffeine in the coffee acts as a very good pick me up. If you’re a regular fitness enthusiast you probably also know that the caffeine jolt will allow you to push harder and go further then you otherwise would.  If you are trying to decide which drink will help your athletic performance the most you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions (1) am I tired? (2) how much have I eaten up to that point? (3) how strenuous is the activity? (4) what’s the duration?. If the activity is nonstop and long duration the extra quick calories in the sports drink may come in handy, otherwise I’d recommend leaving the sports drink on the shelf.



Brian Forsythe of EHF Executive Health And Fitness is a natural competitive bodybuilder and personal trainer with over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry.